A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Donna Tartt’s third novel is unapologetically “serious” fiction—it won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize—but it moves with the kinetic energy and unexpected twists of a great crime thriller. After a terrorist explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art upends 13-year-old Theo Decker’s life, he descends into a criminal underground of art forgers and small-time gangsters while hiding a treasured Dutch painting. Actor David Pittu leads us through Theo’s bumpy ride from Manhattan to Las Vegas to Amsterdam with emotional depth and charisma. His narration makes Tartt’s tableau of shadowy thugs and rebellious teens feel shockingly real.
The storyline does move a little slowly, but everything pulls together in the end. It is worth listening to.
If you're gonna play me an ad after I drop $24 on your audio book, you're gonna get a bad review.
This recording repeats itself
Enjoyable book if a bit belabored but the audio file itself gets about eight hours into each section and then starts again to repeat from a point about six hours before. The overall length should be more like 30 hours not 60.